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Black returns, while Barrett debuts

Friday, June 19, 2020 – Veteran country singer Clint Black returns to action with "Out of Sane," his first album since 2015's "On Purpose." Black self-produced the disc, his 12th studio album. The lone cover among the 12 songs is a cover of Harry Nillsson's Everybody's Talkin'."

Big-voice Pennsylvania native Gabby Barrett is out with her debut, "Goldmine." The 13-song collection is highlighted by the current hit single, "I Hope." Barrett, 20, came in third on season 16 of American Idol. Barrett had a hand in writing 12 of the songs. Co-produced by Ross Copperman and Zach Kale with additional production by Jimmy Robbins, Sam Martin and Bryan Fowler on select tracks, Barrett wrote with Nashville mainstay songwriters Nicolle Gaylon, Emily Weisband, Jon Nite and Josh Osborne.

Jordan Davis scored three big hits with his debut, "Home State." Now he's back with a self-titled, six-song EP, a prelude to his sophomore disc. "Singles You Up," "Take It From Me" and "Slow Dance In A Parking Lot" were hits on his 2018 debut. Davis once again teamed with "Home State" producer Paul DiGiovanni for the EP.

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CD review - Out of Sane Clint Black may not be the commercial superstar he was in the late '80s/early '90s, but "Out of Sane" - his first studio project in five years - reveals the same high level song craftsmanship that brought him well deserved fame in the first place. These 12 songs - many written with Steve Wariner - prove Black is still quite the sharp songsmith. Whether he's performing something strongly bluegrass instrumental-ed ("With Love") or pulling out his harmonica for the ...
CD review - On Purpose Clint Black must sometimes feel like an alien fallen to earth when comparing his music -- such as the many fine new songs found on his latest "On Purpose" album - with what's in vogue on the mainstream country charts. Rather than partying till he pukes, as so many of his younger brethren are doing these days, Black oftentimes waxes philosophical. "Not everything's gonna go my way," he admits during the sometimes funny reflections found in "Better and Worse. ...
CD review - The Long Cool EP This is a four-song teaser from Clint Black, including a few covers of chestnuts. He countrifies The Hollies' "Long Cool Woman" and maintains a bouncy feel with the vocal chops to pull the classic off. He rocks a bit with a steady drum beat, but with sturdy fiddle playing, the country vibe is apparent. "You Still Get To Me" is another well sung Black duet with wife Lisa Hartman Black. Written by Black with Victoria Shaw, the soulful-oriented song is catchy, but too glossy sounding. ...

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